Healthy Soup For Better Eyesight
The healthy soup recipes shown here are some of my favorites. These soups can be served either as an appetizer or as a meal with a crisp green salad and fresh whole-grain bread. They are not only nutritious but easy to make.
To save time, you can prepare a batch of your favorite soup and freeze some in small containers for future meals.
Here is a simple, basic method for making soup:
- Start with a prepared broth base, such as the Basic Vegetable Stock, or a nonfat, reduced-sodium canned broth, either vegetable or chicken.
- Add fresh (or frozen) chopped vegetables-peppers, carrots, celery, or corn-finely chopped fresh herbs, and spinach or similar dark greens.
- Add fresh (or canned) chopped tomatoes with their juice.
- Add green peas, rinsed canned beans, or presoaked beans such as kidney, garbanzo, navy, or black beans.
- As an option, add precooked pasta or brown rice just before serving.
- Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
You now have an easy, nutritious meal, and you may have cleaned out your refrigerator at the same time!
If you like cream soups, use evaporated skim milk to reduce fat. Potatoes, boiled until tender, can be pureed in milk and used as a thickener. This could be the base for a delicious cream of broccoli soup that is high in betacarotene.
If you use milk, simmer at a moderate temperature to avoid scorching.
You can enhance the beta-carotene content of any soup recipe by adding carrots, chopped spinach, and fresh herbs; the lutein content can be boosted by adding sliced or chopped celery or spinach.
Homemade soups are easy, so don't be afraid to experiment. You may just find a new favorite.
You may also like to try these healthy soup recipes:
Tomato And Watercress Soup With Fresh Basil
Roasted Tomato Bisque
Harvest Vegetable Soup
Cream of Fresh Pea Soup
Spinach And Mushroom Soup
Basic Vegetable Stock